Chapter 164 [Day 322]: Wednesday 3 February
LONG & WINDING ROAD
Good morning all
In 1968, Paul McCartney, inspired by a view from the window of his farm on The Mull of Kintyre, Scotland, sat down at his piano and wrote “The Long and Winding Road” intended as a simple vocal ballad accompanied with keyboard and guitar. The song was eventually released on the album ‘Let it Be’ in May 1970, one month after the Beatles had broken up, and McCartney was particularly unhappy how American producer Phil Spector had ‘ruined’ his song by overdubbing with a 36 strong orchestra and female vocals. The album received unfavourable reviews in the music press particularly for ‘excessive’ orchestral overdubbing. In the following years, the song was re-released in several Beatles albums as well as ‘covers’ by other artists.
Here's a video of the originally intended simple version of the song (without orchestration) >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVsiIxE_6OM
Yesterday afternoon we heard the sad news of the death of Captain Sir Tom as he completed his long walk of life. Captain Tom’s life had indeed been long (100 years) and winding through WW2, running a business and raising a family before, in his last 12 months, raising over £38m for NHS Charities, topping the UK music charts and becoming probably the best-known private individual in the country and being knighted by Her Majesty. His example has inspired thousands of all ages to raise money for good causes.
The other day someone asked me if I thought any of us would manage to get away for holiday this year. We both agreed there was considerable uncertainty and it would be premature at this moment to try and book anything. He was desperate for a Summer holiday lying on a Mediterranean beach but I said my perfect holiday destination was the deserted west coast of Scotland. There you can travel for miles on long and winding roads, sometimes rising to high points from where you can see your destination in the far distance before descending in another narrow valley or dense forest.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus spoke of the large crowds that travel on the broad road but encouraged his followers to take the narrow (sometimes long and winding) road to life – (Matthew 7:13-14).
We are all on the journey of life and often we might liken our journey to a ‘long and winding road’. Each one of us has reached a different stage of the journey - some have only just started out and have so much unknown ahead of them. Others are well on their way and can look back on both good and the difficult stages of their journey. And for many like Captain Tom, their journey is complete.
1 Cor.5:7 - For we walk by faith, not by sight.
As we journey through our life of Christian faith, it is important to be sure of:
Our destination – we need to know where we’re going. If we stop to ask somebody for travel directions, they can only help us if we are able to say where we are heading. So, in our faith, we should be certain that we are going to a place that God is preparing for us. John 14:2 - There are many rooms in my Father’s house; I would not tell you this if it were not true. I am going there to prepare a place for you.
The Guidebook – God has given us a guidebook for our journey and we need to know when and how to use it. Just as a road atlas is useless if we haven’t learned how to read a map, so the Bible will seem irrelevant unless we read it and practice what we learn from it. As the inspired Word of God, the Bible also gives wonderful insights of our destination and of the Lord Jesus who will welcome us there. Psalm 119:105 - Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Emergency calls – there are times when we face obstacles and uncertainties that seem too great to overcome. Jesus said that a prayer of faith can move the biggest mountain. Mark 11:23 - If you have faith in God and don’t doubt, you can tell this mountain to get up and jump into the sea, and it will.
Travelling companions – some Christians seem to travel their road of faith alone but we are meant to travel together. The strong helping the weak: the enthusiastic encouraging the uncertain: the bold inspiring the faint-hearted. Best of all, we are promised the company of the Holy Spirit all the way (but beware, He is a very sensitive person and can easily be grieved and hurt). Eph.4:30 - And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
Here's a Hymnalong for today >>> THE SPIRIT LIVES TO SET US FREE
Hazel thanks everyone for the many birthday cards and kind greetings
Falcon Lodge Churches Together group is organising ‘Prayer for the Lodge’ online event on Tuesday 9 Feb from 7:30pm for anyone who wishes to join in either via Zoom, or by telephone if you don’t have access to Zoom. Details are shown below -
More on Sunday morning when our theme will be ‘Overcoming Fear with Faith’